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Back to school guide

Prepare your child for another year.

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As districts grapple with fully or partially reopening this fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, back to school is bound to look different. Our guide will help you prepare your children for the first day back — whether that’s virtually or in person.

Should my child wear a mask to school?

Though guidance varies, many districts are encouraging — or requiring — students to wear face coverings while riding the bus and on campus. Given that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend anyone over the age of 2 wear a face mask when in public, you might consider purchasing masks for your student to wear to school if they are attending — regardless of their school’s stance.

Knowing your child is wearing a mask might help ease any worries you may have about returning to school. Check out Finder’s guides to buying kids’ face masks to find kid-sized options. You can also shop for masks featuring Disney characters or American-made options.

Alternative educational options

Though the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children attend school in-person, many parents are considering homeschooling or enrolling in online school during this uncertain time. Use our guides to help you decide if homeschooling is the right choice for your family and find resources that support online learning.

Back to school checklist

Ease early-morning jitters by referring to this list to make sure the whole family is prepared for the first day.

  • Practice the routine. Start waking your child up early week or two before school begins so they can get used to the schedule change. Make sure they have enough time to get ready and out the door so you can adjust the time in advance if needed.
  • Select outfits the night before. Let your child pick out their first-day outfit, even if they’re only going to see classmates and their teacher via video. Having clothes set out the night before helps speed along getting ready in the morning.
  • Pack lunches. Get your kids in the kitchen and let them help prepare their first-day lunch. If you give them a few options to choose from, they’ll have a special treat to look forward to on their first day back.
  • Set an alarm. Don’t be late on the first day!

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